these parts, September is close to being a holy month...the
kids are all going back to school so they can be someone else's
responsibility 5 days a week (just kidding, I don't have any
kids, but my Mom tells me that's the mindset of many), but
more importantly September heralds the beginning of football
Ahhhh, football! The smell of stale beer
on the concrete grandstands, rancid cigar smoke from that
Paulie Walnuts looking dude sitting in front of you....hot
dogs! Dozens of them!!! But wait, I'm kind of sorta on a diet
this season, so maybe a half dozen of them! On that front,
as I wrote about last month, I'm checking out a couple "alternative"
diets...the one I'm currently trying is the "lose pounds
as you sleep" method. We'll see how that goes! Good news
is I lost 5 pounds from my August 1 weigh-in. Not sure if
the loss is the result of the diet or a case of Montezuma's
revenge from some suspicious shrimp cocktail I had at Billy-Bob's
a couple of weeks ago. More about that next month, if I'm
It's back to football! Or to be more precise,
the pre-functioning activity that the most cultured of us
devout fans partake in...tailgating! No, not following another
car too close, although I have been accused of that, but it's
just not true...the vehicles in front of my truck are simply
blocking my egress, which irritates me, or I was just trying
to read the hilarious small print on the bumper sticker on
the Ford Pinto...at least that's what I told Officer Dan Freeze...
you see me tailgating you, don't be frightened, just don't
vary your speed...my depth perception is almost non-existent.
typical scene around a tailgate BBQ...judging from the
big flame, some dork just threw his pound of bacon on
the grill...bad idea.
One of the funnest parts of actually going
to a game around here are the pre-game Tailgate parties, a
place where a man's physical imperfections do not matter as
long as you have sufficient face-paint applied. People pull
their trucks or RV's up into the parking lot, pull out the
BBQ and start blazing away...oh, and the have a few brews
as well (except at BYU games, I'm told). As long as you can
barbeque it, it pretty much will go down great at a tailgate
party...I'm not sure if that's because it all tastes so great,
or a result of the general inebriation. I guess it really
doesn't matter now, does it?
Here are a few items (from the GF
Archives) that typically will be scarfed down as fast
as you can pull them off the grill:
Brats: Sausagy goodness, through and through!
with Braised Peppers & Onions: With or without a bun!
Brats with Onion Marmalade: Not as sissy sounding as the
name, this is some good stuff!
If the pictures on this page aren't obvious
enough, you can probably tell that I'm a Texas Longhorn fan,
and I'm laying all the cash I earned picking up aluminum cans
off the interstate this summer that they are going to repeat
this season as National Champs! As far as the NFL, I guess
I'll go with a Steelers repeat as well. For the High School
battles, I'd have to go with East Lexington this year. And
don't even get me started about Pop Warner ball!!!
Speaking of getting started, I'm going out
to the garage now to pull out and clean my portable Weber
BBQ, maybe I'll see you at the game!
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